Book bans and challenges have increased exponentially since 2021, and hundreds of books are being taken off shelves and out of classrooms. The majority of banned books are written by and about Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian-American, and LGBTQ+ authors and characters whose stories speak powerful and important truths about history, identity, resilience, and imagination.
In response, many people are hosting banned book readings, giveaways, and displays. To support these efforts, we have created a list of some of our favorite banned books that we recommend featuring for banned book collections.
There are some “top ten” banned books that get a lot of attention and, consequently, increased sales — while others risk going out of print due to the censorship and limited limelight. For this reason, our list does not include many wonderful authors whose books we also recommend. We also list some highly visible, yet problematic titles that we do not recommend.